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However, due to Hungary's history, the older generation will tend to not speak English. These Hungarians may speak Russian, which was compulsory in the Communist era, although most have not used it since. As with practically all post-communist countries, people might be hesitant to speak Russian and may be prejudiced against people who do. It is wise to try and start a conversation in some other language and if you cannot understand each other, ask if switching to Russian would be acceptable.
 
However, due to Hungary's history, the older generation will tend to not speak English. These Hungarians may speak Russian, which was compulsory in the Communist era, although most have not used it since. As with practically all post-communist countries, people might be hesitant to speak Russian and may be prejudiced against people who do. It is wise to try and start a conversation in some other language and if you cannot understand each other, ask if switching to Russian would be acceptable.
  
German is very useful and is almost as widely spoken as English, and almost universally near the Austrian border and especially Sopron, which is officially bilingual and has '''huge''' contacts with Vienna due to it being accessible by Vienna suburban trains. In these areas, and with older people in general, German will most often take you a lot further than English. Spanish, French and Italian are secondary languages in schools and are increasing in prominence where there are increasing numbers of firms basing subsidiaries in the country.
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German is very useful and is almost as widely spoken as English, and almost universally near the Austrian border and especially Sopron, which is officially bilingual and has '''huge''' contacts with Vienna due to it being accessible by Vienna suburban trains. In these areas, and with older people in general, German will most often take you a lot further than English. Spanish and French are secondary languages in schools and are increasing in prominence where there are increasing numbers of firms basing subsidiaries in the country.
  
 
You will have a much better chance finding someone speaking a foreign language (mostly English and German) in larger cities, especially in those with universities such as [[Budapest]], [[Debrecen]], [[Miskolc]], and [[Szeged]].
 
You will have a much better chance finding someone speaking a foreign language (mostly English and German) in larger cities, especially in those with universities such as [[Budapest]], [[Debrecen]], [[Miskolc]], and [[Szeged]].

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